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Welcome to Science Next Door, Fermilab’s community newsletter. Once a month, we’ll give you the rundown about what’s happening here at the laboratory and provide information about our public events. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, you can click the “unsubscribe” button below. Thank you!
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Massive 30-ton MicroBooNE neutrino detector moved into place

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If you happened to be on the Fermilab site on Monday, June 23, you may have caught a glimpse of a fascinating sight – a 40-foot-long, 30-ton metal tank being transported by truck across the laboratory’s roadways. If you followed that truck, you could have seen that detector hoisted into the air by a gigantic crane, and then slowly lowered through the open roof of the building it will now call home.

The tank is a neutrino detector, the centerpiece of our MicroBooNE experiment. On June 23, it was moved from the assembly hall where it was built to the experimental hall (in the path of Fermilab’s neutrino beam) where it will take data for the next few years. Getting the detector to its new home was the culmination of two years of work building the detector, which included hand-stringing 8,256 delicate wires that will track particles as they move through the tank.

Now that the detector is in place, it will be filled with 170 tons of liquid argon, a heavy substance that helps scientists see those neutrino interactions. It will start seeing those interactions later this year. MicroBooNE is an important part of Fermilab’s neutrino program, and getting the detector in place is cause for celebration.

“This is a huge day for the MicroBooNE experiment,” said Fermilab’s Regina Rameika, MicroBooNE project manager. “We’ve worked hard to create the best scientific instrument that we can. To see it moved into place was a thrill for the entire team.”

To see photos and video from the MicroBooNE move, visit this page.
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Photo column spacer Lecture Series: Technology for Advanced Neural Prostheses – Friday, July 11, 8 p.m.
Prosthetics, the science of designing artificial body parts, is a swiftly expanding field, particularly when it comes to creating substitutes for eyes. Philip Troyk is associate dean of engineering and a professor of biomedical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and in this talk, he will discuss the advances in prosthetic eyes taking place at IIT’s Laboratory of Neural Prosthetic Research. Troyk is also the founder and CEO of Sigenics, Inc., and he will talk about the commercial developments in prosthetic technology emerging from his company. Tickets are available online.
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Photo column spacer Science Adventures classes
Each month during the summer, the Fermilab Education Office offers a myriad of Science Adventures classes for kids of varying ages. The classes cover a variety of science topics, and mix indoor and outdoor learning. This month, classes range from a week-long introduction to Leonardo Da Vinci for kids in kindergarten through 3rd grade from July 7-11 to a three-hour dive into Games, Magic and the Brain for kids in grades 5-7. July’s offerings are listed in the calendar to the right, and the full Education Office calendar is available online.
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Photo column spacer Wilson Hall 15th floor and art gallery now open to the public
If you’ve wanted to visit Fermilab’s breathtaking 15th floor viewing area and 2nd floor art gallery, we’re happy to announce that both of those areas are now open to the public during certain hours. The 15th floor includes exhibits on Fermilab's scientific experiments, including a mock-up of an accelerator, and the art gallery features rotating exhibits by artists from around the world. The viewing area and art gallery will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the viewing area on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will need to sign in at the reception desk in the Wilson Hall atrium.
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Photo column spacer MicroBooNE move sparks press interest
Aurora Beacon-News: New neutrino detector installed at Fermilab
Kane County Chronicle: New Fermilab detector put in place
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Photo column spacer The many uses of particle accelerators
Nautilus: 10 reasons why you can't live without a particle accelerator
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Contact Info
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Calendar

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., July 1, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., July 2, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., July 3, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Lederman Science Center FREE
Sat., July 5, 10 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Science Adventures: Survival Science
Mon.-Thur., July 7-10, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Grades 4-6
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Science Adventures: Leonardo Da Vinci
Mon.-Fri., July 7-11, 9-11 a.m.
Grades K-3

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., July 8, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., July 9, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., July 10, 7:30-10 p.m.

Arts & Lecture Series: Technology for Advanced Neural Prostheses
Fri., July 11, 8 p.m.

Fermilab Prairie Plant Survey FREE
Sat., July 12, 9-11:30 a.m.

Science Adventures: Lego Engineering Juniors
Sat., July 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Grades 3-5
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Science Adventures: Crystal Connections
Sat., July 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Grades 4-8
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Ask-a-Scientist: Engineering @ Fermilab FREE
Sun., July 13, 1-4 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Educator/Teacher Workshops: Beauty and Charm
Mon.-Fri., July 14-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Teachers – grades 6-9

Education Center Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Tue., July 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., July 15, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., July 16, 7:30-10 p.m.
10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., July 17, 7:30-10 p.m.

Big Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Sat., July 19, 9 a.m.-noon

Science Adventures: Games, Magic and the Brain
Sat., July 19, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Grades 5-7

Educator/Teacher Workshops: Particles and Prairies
Mon.-Fri., July 21-25, 8 a.m.-3 p.m./4:30 p.m.
Teachers – grades 6-8

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., July 22, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., July 23, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Fermilab Prairie Plant Survey FREE
Wed., July 23, 4-6:30 p.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., July 24, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventures: Predator and Prey in the Prairie
Sat., July 26, 9-11:00 a.m.
Grades K-2

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., July 27, 2-5 p.m.

Educator/Teacher Workshops: Phriendly Physics Teacher Workshops
Mon.-Fri., July 28-Aug. 1, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Teachers – grades K-5

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., July 29, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., July 30, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., July 31, 7:30-10 p.m.

Upcoming in August

Ask-A-Scientist: American Science and America's Future FREE
Sun., Aug. 3, 1-4 p.m.

Lecture Series: The Science of Speed
Fri., Aug. 15, 8 p.m.

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